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Vietnam

Study Abroad + Service Learning in Hanoi, Vietnam

Spend a semester in Hanoi through an IPSL program that combines study abroad and service-learning. Program participants study Vietnamese language, culture, society, and several...

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Multiple Countries

Study Abroad + Volunteer Service: Cambodia and Thailand

The countries of S.E. Asia are as different as they are similar and IPSL students have a unique opportunity to live, study and serve in TWO important SE Asian countries,

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Tanzania

Study Abroad + Service Learning in Arusha, Tanzania

Students will have the opportunity to get a rich, traditional Tanzanian experience by living in beautiful Arusha - a traditional and less populated city very close to many...

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Greece

Study Abroad + Service: Thessaloniki, Greece

Thessaloniki is a 2,300 year old city still playing a vital and active role as an integral international trading city for much of Southern Europe. It has been called Greece’s...

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Italy

Study Abroad + Volunteer Service: Siena, Italy

The IPSL program in Siena, Italy is ideal for students interested in Italian language and culture, art history, European studies, intercultural communication, and experiencing...

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Guatemala

IPSL's J-Term Program in Guatemala: One Health

Join a program that offers an opportunity for students to study and experience the intersection between environmental health, human health, and animal health while traversing...

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Ireland

Study Abroad + Service Learning Dublin, Ireland

Join a program in Ireland that will have you studying at St. Patrick's University or Dublin City University, living in Dublin, working with community-based agencies and groups,...

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Argentina

Study Abroad + Service Learning Cordoba, Argentina

Get the exclusive opportunity to study, learn Spanish, and serve in Cordoba, a cultural and historic centre located in the heart of Argentina. A lively university city, Cordoba...

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Spain

Study Abroad + Volunteer Service: Segovia, Spain

Re-Think Study Abroad! Cultural Immersion through volunteering. The city of Segovia and its Aqueduct are UNESCO World Heritage sites. Within the environment of the old city,...

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France

Study Abroad + Volunteer Service: Montpellier, France

The IPSL program in Montpellier, France is ideal for anyone interested in French and Arabic language and culture, contemporary European studies, art history, Euro-Mediterranean...

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Thailand

Study Abroad + Volunteer Service: Chiang Mai, Thailand

IPSL students in Chiang Mai can study Thai, gender and sexuality, human rights, and other courses focused on social justice and refugee issues. Spend a fall or spring semester...

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Ecuador

Study Abroad + Volunteer Service: Guayaquil, Ecuador

Ecuador spans the equator on the northwest coast of South America. With its cultural diversity and wide range of environments—the Galapagos Islands, the coastal areas of...

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Ecuador

Study Abroad + Service Learning Galapagos Islands & Quito

Take part in a combined study abroad and service learning program in the Galapagos Islands and Quito. You will be able to choose from three tracks of study that focus either...

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IPSL Reviews

Overall Rating

9 / 10

  • Academics

    9

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health and Safety

    10

  • Social Life

    10

Study abroad IPSL

I had a fantastic time in Siena with IPSL. Living with an Italian family was an incredible opportunity to practice my Italian, better understand the Italian lifestyle, and build lasting relationships with people from another culture. The Italian classes provided challenged me to improve my grammar, writing, and vocabulary. I was also able to volunteer at a local restaurant and practice my language skills and getting to know people from Siena. Siena is a fun city to explore with a rich history and vibrant culture. I would recommend this program to anyone looking for an immersive opportunity to improve their Italian, a multicultural understanding of the world, and exposure to a new culture.

Program: Study Abroad + Volunteer Service: Siena, Italy

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Academics

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health and Safety

    10

  • Social Life

    10

An incredible experience

I had previously studied abroad on an IPSL program in Cusco, Peru and it was such an incredible experience that I had to do another one! After discovering that I was passionate about animals while living and serving in Peru, I decided to go to veterinary medical school. I knew that the American Farm School in Thessaloniki would get me all the hands-on experience I needed for my application to vet school and then some. I was not disappointed. The summer I spent working with the dairy cattle made me critically look at my future career, the politics of food, agriculture, and animal welfare and helped me gain a new appreciation for Greeks working in the agricultural system as well as farmers all over the world. More than that however, with IPSL, I was able to do on-the-ground research that eventually informed my graduate school thesis on agriculture and farm policy. Now with two IPSL experiences under my belt I realize now that I never want to stop traveling, serving, or immersing myself in other cultures.

Program: Study Abroad + Service: Thessaloniki, Greece

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Volunteer Experience

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Community Impact

    10

  • Health and Safety

    10

  • Social Life

    10

Has been amazing

My experience in Guayaquil thus far has been amazing. I am volunteering at a Foundation called Fundacion de Padre Damian. This organization houses men and women who have Hansen's Disease. The foundation also works to get rid of the stigma surrounding Hansen's Disease. Every morning when I walk in to volunteer, I am always inspired by the smiles on everyone's faces. Many of the men and women have lost their fingers, cartilage in their faces, feet, and sometimes even legs. Many people would choose to be bitter in these situations but I have never seen anyone seem unhappy. I always describe my days there as full of laughter. I am usually a part of intense domino tournaments or arts and crafts with the women where I practice my Spanish and learn about the lives of these joyful people. Just as my presence there is much appreciated, I will be forever changed after meeting these people.

Program: Study Abroad + Volunteer Service: Guayaquil, Ecuador

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Social Life

    10

  • Health and Safety

    10

  • Community Impact

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Volunteer Experience

    10

Opened up my options

IPSL really opened up my options and introduced me to new potential opportunities. I’ve made more goals for the future after this experience because I know it is now possible to create something and pursue it. You can make something out of nothing with help from IPSL.

Program: Study Abroad + Service Learning in Hanoi, Vietnam

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Social Life

    10

  • Health and Safety

    10

  • Community Impact

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Volunteer Experience

    10

An amazing experience

Living with a host family in Cambodia was an amazing experience. I developed a relationship with my host mom despite her speaking very little English and me speaking very little Khmeri. So it was more of a nonverbal friendship. We communicated by laughing and acting things out and it taught me that silence is okay and there is more to a relationship then speaking the same language.

Program: Study Abroad + Volunteer Service: Cambodia and Thailand

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